PAC Pins MoH for Failure to Recover Sh1.3bn from Global Fund Culprits

PAC Chairperson Angelina Osege

Members of Parliament on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have expressed disappointment over failure by the Ministry of Health to recover a sum of Shs1.3billion from officials said to have stolen Global Fund money.

This was revealed during the release of the Health Sector report on the queries raised in the Auditor General’s report of 2014/15.

In the report, prescription the accountability committee deduced that the Ministries of Health and Local Government were the worst performing Ministries, information pills recommending for the sacking of their accounting officers.

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The Committee Chairperson Angelina Ossege with her deputy Gerald Karuhanga pinned the Ministry of Health for refunding in excess to Global Fund Shs1.3bn yet 1.8 billion shillings was refundable after the donors unplugged their support due to fraud.

“Although Sh3.1bn had been refunded to Global fund, capsule investigations revealed that only Shs23, 479, 000 was recovered from the individuals and remitted to the Consolidated Fund,” Ossege said.

The committee therefore recommended that the accounting officers in the Ministry should recover the pending amount from individuals cited in the Auditor General’s report including the over payment of Sh1.3bn to Global Fund within 3 months after the adoption of the report by Parliament.

The committee recommended that the Permanent Secretary of the ministry in the period under review, Dr. Asuman Lukwago should be investigated by IGG for release of funds and breaching the circular instructions and spending money after closure of the financial year without warrant from the Accountant General.

Dr. Lukwago has since been appointed to head the Education Service Commission.

“The Committee further recommends that the officers who have not yet refunded the money swindled under the Global Fund to dos so and be retired in public interest,” Ossege noted.

Senior government officials at the time that included health minister Jim Muhwezi and state ministers for health Mike Mukula and Alex Kamugisha are among those implicated in the scandal.

Meanwhile committee threatened to start naming and shaming the worst performing ministries in terms of misusing public funds.


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